These Refrigerator Organization Tips and Labels will help you not waste food, as well as make prep easier and faster! Add these simple vinyl labels made with the Cricut Maker to some organizing bins and use these tips to get started!
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About a month ago we got a new refrigerator. Our old fridge was over 10 years old and had lived quite the life. I decided right from the get go that I wanted to organize it in a way that would prevent me from losing and wasting food items. Plus, having an organized fridge can help make food preparation faster!
Plus, with a family getting in and out of it, it’s pretty easy for everyone to just start throwing stuff in there. By having bins that are labeled, it helps them take that extra step to put things where they go.
If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know that without a doubt, I would be using my Cricut Maker to help in my fridge organization! The Cricut Maker is hands down the most versatile crafting and organizing tool that I own. Even though the Cricut Maker has the Adaptive Tool System that allows for other tools, like the Rotary Blade, Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel, the Cricut is most known for cutting Vinyl and Iron On with its Fine Point Blade.
REFRIGERATOR VINYL LABELS
- Organizing Containers — I’ve broken down some of my favorites below!
- Cricut Maker
- Standard Mat
- Premium Permanent Vinyl – Brushed Black (or whatever color/type you want)
- Transfer Tape
- XL Scraper
- Weeding Tool Set
- Kitchen Labels Design Space File
KITCHEN ORGANIZING BINS
I wanted to quickly go over some of my favorite organizing bins for the kitchen. These clear bins I got off Amazon and I’m obsessed with. They are a little pricier than solid bins, but it was worth it for me.
- 16″ mDesign Skinny Container — these are the ones that I used on the top shelves.
- 6″ Wide mDesign Shallow Container — I used these in my refrigerator drawer.
- Egg Container
- 14.5″ Long mDesign Container — this size would be great if your fridge doesn’t have drawers. You could use them to hold produce or other larger items.
If you’ve got an IKEA nearby, there are some dang cute white bins there!
Now onto the tutorial!
Open the Kitchen Labels Design Space File.
At this time go ahead and delete or add any words that you want. Also, you’ll want to resize the words to fit the bins that you’ve purchased and plan on using.
After you’ve made changes, hit ‘MAKE IT‘ in the top right hand corner.
When your mat preview loads, it will load all the words really close together. I always like to re-arrange and space out the words on the mat. It makes it easier to cut around them after they’re cut, weed the excess vinyl out and add transfer tape.
Once you’ve done that hit ‘continue‘ in the bottom right hand corner.
Select your machine from the drop down menu and set your material to the type of vinyl you plan on using.
I chose to use a Premium Permanent Vinyl since it was going to be in the fridge. I also am obsessed with the new True Brushed vinyl! Isn’t it pretty? It just adds a little texture!
Load it onto your mat Standard Grip Mat and load it in your Cricut Maker! Once it’s loaded, hit the flashing ‘C’ button on your machine to start the cutting.
After your labels are cut, then weed the excess vinyl from around words.
Then apply Transfer Tape to your weeded labels. The True Brushed Vinyl does come with StrongGrip Transfer Tape, but the regular Transfer Tape worked great too.
Then when you’re ready to apply them, just peel off the backing and place them on their container or drawer!
HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR REFRIGERATOR
DEJUNK & CLEAN FRIDGE
Start by cleaning out your fridge. Once everything is removed, wipe out all the shelves. Then go through the items, wiping off the bottles and checking expiration dates.
GROUP LIKE ITEMS
At this time take like items and put them into groups. Here are some grouping ideas:
CHOOSE FOOD PLACEMENT
Placement of food is important. Here are a few things to consider when deciding where you decide to put stuff in your refrigerator.
- Snacks should be accessible. If your refrigerator has a drawer, I suggest utilizing it for snacks. Otherwise, place the snack container on a lower shelf that kids can easily reach them.
- Stack anything that you can — snacks, sodas, etc. If you have regular soda cans in your fridge, I suggest using soda can dispensers.
- Organize by like item and container size. It helps to ensure that when items are return to the fridge, they go back to the same spot!
- Label items — label as much or little as you want. I personally decided to just label the containers and main bins. But, I’ve seen where the doors are labeled too.
- If your fridge is older, you may want to line your fridge shelves with a shelf liner.
- Anything that can drip, put on the bottom shelf.
- If your fridge is small or overstuffed, look through and remove items that really don’t have to be chilled — breads, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, etc.
If you’re looking for more fun organization ideas made with my Cricut Maker, check these out!
If you’re new to Cricut, then make sure out some of my educational Cricut posts!
EDUCATIONAL CRICUT POSTS
- What Cricut Accessories Should I Buy?
- Everything You Need to Know about the EasyPress 2
- Cricut EasyPress 2 Questions ANSWERED
- Tips for Using Iron On Vinyl
- Everything You Need to Know about the Cricut Rotary Blade
- Cricut Knife Blade 101
- How to Apply Iron On Designs
- How to Use Cricut Patterned Iron On
- All about the Cricut Maker
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